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Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 11:21 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 1:13 PM
— Fall festival season is in full swing. Sure, some of the best have come and gone already 😭, but there are plenty festivals still to come.
Here are a few of our favorites:
1.) OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
Prepare thyself for some medieval fun. This 30-acre permanent village has been re-created to transport visitors to 16th Century England.
Food highlights include: Giant Turkey Leggs, Steak-On-A-Stake, Barbecue, Stuffed Spuds, Bread Bowl Stews, beer, wine and desserts.
Entertainment includes: jousting, musicians, dancers, comedians, jugglers, sword-fighters, storytellers and hundreds of costumed performers on 12 stages in nearly 100 shows daily.
WHEN: Sept. 2 – Oct. 29 — Nine weekends Saturdays, Sundays plus Labor Day
HOURS: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Renaissance Park in Harveysburg. Just minutes off I-71, exit 45 or I-75, exit 38 on State Route 73 in Warren County.
COST: Tickets: Adults $22.50; Children $9.50 (ages 5-12); Children under 5 free.
BEER!!! Toast to the fall with the Dayton Art Institute’s signature fund-raiser and one of the region’s biggest festivals.
Browse booths from more than 50 artisans from throughout the region, munch on foods from the German-inspired to traditional food truck eats. Wash down that food with ample domestic, international and craft beers, international wines. There will be live music on two stages throughout the weekend.
Special events include a Lederhosen lunch on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring brats, metts, schnitzel sandwiches, German salads, homemade noodles and live entertainment. Another hot ticket is a special preview party Friday evening.
>> PHOTOS: Oktoberfest 2016
WHEN: Sept. 22-24, 2017
HOURS: Lederhosen Lunch: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Preview Party: 7- 11 p.m.; Saturday: Noon - 11:30 p.m.; Sunday: Noon - 7 p.m.
WHERE: Grounds of Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton
COST: Admission to the Lederhosen Lunch is free (pay for food). Advance tickets for the Preview Party are $55 for members and $75 for non-members and includes complimentary beer, wine & soft drinks. Food vendors will be on site and premium beverages will be available for purchase. Admission at the gate is $95. Online presales begin later this month. Admission to the festival on Saturday and Sunday will be $5 adults, $3 seniors (60+) & youth (7-19) in advance; $7 adults, $5 seniors & youth at the gate; children 6 & under free.
3. GERMANTOWN PRETZEL FESTIVAL
You had us at pretzel. This family-friendly fest will make everyone happy, we promise. Carb load with gourmet pretzels stuffed with jalapeno cheese, cheddar cheese and cream cheese. There will also be pizza-flavored pretzels and pretzel buns to kick your sandwiching up a notch or two. Other good eats? Barbecued chicken and ribs, waffles, pork chops, Chinese, Cajun, funnel cakes and more.
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 24, noon - 6p.m.
WHERE: Veterans Memorial Park, 190-192 W. Warren St., Germantown.
COST: Free admission
If you can’t get enough Oktoberfest fun in Dayton, here is a celebration a short drive north that is definitely worth the drive. But make sure you have a DD for this one!
Of course, there will be plenty of beer and food and craft vendors, but this festival is also famous for some of its silly traditions. You can drink beer from a milk jug, participate in a beer tray relay or a jug-hoisting competition. This festival draws about 80,000 each year to this small village in Auglaize County.
WHEN: Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2017
HOURS: Friday 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight, Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
WHERE: One block west of the intersection of SR-119 and SR-66 in Minster
COST: Free admission
5. CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
Chocolate-Covered Cheesecake on a Stick?
Made-to-order fresh doughnuts?
Fresh made fudge?
Chocolate covered popcorn?
Get all of these treats and more at the 15th annual Chocolate Festival, which is a fundraiser for Faith and Friends Radio. There will be more than 50 vendors, plus entertainment for the whole family, at this event.
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Montgomery County Fairgrounds Coliseum, 1043 S. Main St., Dayton
COST: Free admission and parking
6. BRADFORD PUMPKIN SHOW
Sure, there are plenty of places to get pumpkins, but what other community holds a five-day festival in honor of them? In addition to pumpkin fun, the midway features games, rides, crafts, concessions and merchandise. During this five-day event, enjoy one of the many parades that take place while indulging your taste buds with pumpkin ice cream and many other tasty festival treats. You can even smash pumpkins without getting in trouble!
WHEN: Oct. 10-14: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 4-10 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 12-10 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Bradford, OH
7.) OHIO SAUERKRAUT FESTIVAL
Sauerkraut pizza, anyone? This is one of the region’s signature fall festivals.
Shop by visiting the vendor tents ranging from arts and crafts to sculptures, ceramics, paintings, woodworking and more. And of course, dare to try some more unique sauerkraut dishes from fudge to a “sundae.”
>> PHOTOS: Ohio Sauerkraut Festival 2016
WHEN: Oct. 14-15, 2017
HOURS: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Downtown Waynesville. Shuttle buses are recommended. Take shuttle buses from Wayne Local High School.
COST: Free admission
Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— You’ve never seen holiday lights like THIS before!
(Well, unless you went last year, of course!)
The Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival has returned to the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds with brand new light sculptures, more exciting performances and more cultural experiences.
It’s definitely worth the drive to take part in this enchanting and immersive cultural experience.
The 200-foot-long Chinese dragon (which, for some context, is longer than four school buses) has returned this year. New this year is a group of color-changing dinosaurs that are 3 stories high. Together, with an additional 35 sets of whole new lights, the lanterns illuminate the fairgrounds.
Still need some convincing? Take a look for yourself.
Believe us when we say to witness these incredible lantern displays in person is far more breathtaking.
The festival will light up the Natural Resources Park at the Ohio State Expo Center and Fairgrounds, located at 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus from Nov. 17, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018.
It’s open nightly from 5:30-10:00 p.m with the ticket booth opening at 5 p.m. and closing at 9:30 p.m.
Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 10:54 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 10:54 AM
— There are a number of things associated with Thanksgiving− turkey, pilgrims, big dinners and family. One of them is the tradition of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Since 1924, Macy's has helped thousands of families celebrate the holidays with its annual parade.
If you plan to travel to New York to see the spectacle for yourself this year or will be tuning in, here are five things to know about the parade:
Where is the parade route and where can I view it?
The parade steps off at 9 a.m. sharp from 77th Street and Central Park West and travels south. Once the procession hits Columbus Circle, it turns east onto Central Park South and marches until turning south again onto 6th Avenue. The parade continues south until reaching 34th Street, where it turns west and ends at 7th Avenue. The last of the balloons and performers touch 7th Avenue around noon.
While there is no seating available for the public, anyone is welcome to bring blankets or chairs and find a spot along the parade route at no charge. Since these spots are first-come, first-serve, some families camp out several hours before the parade begins. Plan to arrive early to snag good seats.
Many regular parade-goers recommend avoiding Macy's official parade viewing area on 34th Street, since it's the most crowded. One balloon handler on Reddit suggested that Columbus Circle also might not be a good viewing area, since the winds are more unpredictable and the procession moves more quickly through that spot. He added that the first few blocks south of 77th Street tend to attract smaller crowds because that street is farther from the train stations.
What is included in the parade procession?
In addition to more than two dozen inflated balloons, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade features floats, clowns, performers and marching bands from across the country. The Peanuts gang appear on their float, Snoopy's Doghouse, alongside McDonald's Big Red Shoe, Mount Rushmore, Winter Wonderland by Delta Airlines and more, including Macy's many floats.
Macy's website also lists the participating clown troupes with themes like Breakfast Clowns, Arrsome Pirates and Viking Clowns. Marching bands in the procession include several high schools and colleges, the U.S. Air Force, New York Police Department, and, of course, Macy's Great American Marching Band.
In addition to the parade procession, the event features performances that are held in the official Macy's viewing area on 34th Street. Check the Macy's website for updates to the lineup and more information on these performances.
Is Macy's unveiling anything special this year?
Among Macy's novelty balloons is a special tribute that deserves recognition. As a nod to the 70th anniversary of "Miracle on 34th Street," Macy's is recreating "Harold the Baseball Player," a balloon that was featured in the classic black-and-white film set in New York.
Though the original balloon appeared in full color during the 1946 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, the recreation is black, white and gray as a throwback to the movie, which was shot on location and featured the parade.
Can I see the balloons outside of the parade?
All of the balloons are inflated on Wednesday, November 22, and the event is open to the public. Head to Central Park West between 77th Street and 81st Street, near the American Museum of Natural History.
The balloons are inflated between 3 and 10 p.m., but the bulk of them are done in the evening, so it's best to be late to this event.
What if I can't get to New York?
If you can't get to the Empire State for Thanksgiving, there are still plenty of ways to experience the parade in your pajamas. Watch the procession at 9 a.m. EST on NBC to see the balloons, floats and performers without fighting any crowds.
Published: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 @ 2:11 PM
Updated: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 @ 4:09 PM
— It’s an annual festival tradition you have to experience at least once.
This festival will transport you back to the 16th Century in an English village with knights, jousts, swordsmen, pirates, nobles, peasants and jugglers walking past you in timely costumes.
The 28th annual Ohio Renaissance Festival runs Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday for nine weekends — Sept. 2 through Oct. 29.
Here are 5 things to know about the Renaissance Festival:
1. FUN THEMED WEEKENDS
This 30-acre permanent village has been authentically and historically re-created in the flavor of 16th Century England and has special promotions each weekend.
9/2, 9/3 & 9/4 — Family & Friends Weekend
Adults are two for the price of one, plus all kids 12 and under get in free Saturday, Sunday, and Labor Day.
9/9 & 9/10 — Time Travelers Weekend
Dress as your favorite character inspired by a movie, TV series, comic book, sci-fi or fantasy work. Costume contests for adults and kids.
9/16 & 9/17 — Pirates Weekend
Celebrate International Talk like a Pirate Day with a Pirate Stunt Show, Pirate Play Time and Talk like a Pirate contests (for adults and kids).
9/23 & 9/24 — Barbarian Invasion Weekend
Rowdy contests in true barbaric fashion await. Compete in the Test of Strength Contest or the Turkey Leg Eating Contest.
9/30 & 10/1 — Feast of Fools Weekend
Fools Olympics and King of Fools contests and more.
10/7 & 10/8 — Highland Weekend
Grab your kilts and join the village in celebrating Highland heritage as villagers host special events including a Haggis Eating Contest, Knobby Knees Contest, and a traditional Highland Games competition.
10/14 & 10/15 — Fantasy Weekend
The Witches of Willy Nilly and the fairies will enchant the village. Enter the Fantasy Costume Contest.
10/21 & 10/22 — Romance Weekend
Men in tights? Ladies in bloomers? Oh and you can renew your wedding vows in a free Mass Renewal of Vows Ceremony held at St. Peter’s Chapel.
10/28 & 10/29 — Tricks or Treats Weekend
Wear your costumes and bring the little ones for trick or treating around the village. Costume contests for adults and kids and pumpkin decorating for the kids.
There is plenty to see on 14 stages offering plenty of entertainment. Don’t miss the hard-hitting action as the Knights of Valour joust three times each day. Comedy and swordplay mesh as The Swordsmen showcase sharp skills and sharp wit. The 65-foot Galleon features a Pirate Comedy Stunt Show twice each day. Strolling musicians include Dylan Robertson, Glass Harmonica, The Flying Dulcimer, Kyle Meadows, Captain John Stout while many a good pub song will be heard in the village pubs.
The festival also offers thrilling human-powered rides, games of skill, warhorse rides, camel rides, the Amazing Maze, and the Tower of London Dungeon of Doom.
The marketplace offers handmade wares including unique items created by world-class artisans. Witness demonstrations of time-honored crafts including glassblowing, blacksmithing, forging, leather tooling, weaving, boot making and more. New to the marketplace this year are original artist Art of Ed Beard Jr, pewter creations by Heekin Pewter and the beautiful floral garlands from The Royal Garland.
Festival favorites such as giant roasted turkey legs, steak-on-a-stake and bread bowl soups and stews can be found as well as delicious new items. The Chocolate Raven features handmade chocolates and fudge. Archibald Drake’s features an ages old Fish and Chips recipe. KJ’s Cajun Cuisine will have a menu from across the pond and down south. Wash it all down with a wide variety of beers, ales, wines, soft drinks, coffees and teas.
5. GROWN-UP FUN
The festival offers daily special events for those 21 and over. The Naughty Bawdy Pub Show features songs and limericks you won’t hear on the streets in an hour-long show. New this year, test your memory and play Willy Nilly Trivia during the Pub Crawl.
WANT TO GO?
What: Ohio Renaissance Festival
When: Sept. 2-Oct. 29 for nine weekends – Saturdays, Sundays & Labor Day
Where: Renaissance Park in Harveysburg. Located just minutes off I-71, exit 45 or I-75, exit 38 on State Route 73 in Warren County.
Cost: Tickets: Adults $22.50; Children $9.50 (ages 5-12); Children under 5 free.
Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— Celebrate Halloween a weekend early with this community celebration complete with a zombie walk, Witch’s Brew Beer Garden, parade and costume contests.
Here are 5 reasons to go to the Fairborn Halloween Festival Oct. 20-22.
1. NEW: Witch’s Brew Beer Garden and food trucks
New this year is the Witch’s Brew Beer Garden located in the 5/3 Commons area with Hairless Hare, Warped Wing and Heidelberg Distributors. The Witch’s Brew Beer Garden is open from 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There will be several food trucks/food vendors on site throughout the festival.
2. SpooktackularParade and costume contest
The 61st Annual Spooktacular Parade will assemble at the Fairborn YMCA. Costume judging will take place from 6-7 p.m., with the parade proceeding from the “Y” at 7:30 p.m. on Kauffman Avenue and down Main Street to the festival’s main stage. Costume prizes will be awarded for different age groups for youth, plus categories of adult, family, animal, best couple and overall scariest. Trick-or-treat at the booths as well.
>> PHOTOS: Fairborn Halloween Festival 2016
3. Zombie Walk
Join in on a Zombie walk Saturday night. Walkers can pre-register at the Fairborn Chamber of Commerce until Thursday, Oct. 19, or can sign up at 5 p.m. on the day of the event at the Fairborn Senior Center. The cost to walk is $3 if already made-up and $6 to have your makeup done by a make-up artist. Beverages, face painting and “blood” splattering will be available at 5 p.m. The walk will begin at 9 p.m. and travel down Main Street to the front of the festival stage, where the zombies will dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
4. Fun and games
Amusement rides, games and crafts will take place Friday alongside the costume judging and parade. Saturday’s festivities start at 11 a.m. and include amusement rides, games, crafts, downtown shopping and food vendors. Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. is the perfect time for families and kids to visit the festival to enjoy amusement rides, downtown shopping, food vendors and crafts.
5. Live music
On Friday, local band Beesly takes the stage from 9-11 p.m.
On Saturday, local country music performer Jenna Snow will perform at 3:30 p.m. Rock It 88 (’60s and ’70s rock) will perform at 5:30 p.m. Forsaken will perform classic rock starting at 8 p.m.
Here is the complete schedule of events (subject to change)
FRIDAY, OCT. 20
4-11 p.m. — Amusement Rides
6-7:30 p.m. — Games, crafts and activities at YMCA
6-11 p.m. — Foy’s Haunted Museum
6-7 p.m. — Costume judging at YMCA
7:30 p.m. — Spooktacular Parade
9-11 p.m. — Local Band Beesly
SATURDAY, OCT. 21
11 a.m.-11 p.m. — Amusement rides
1:30-2 p.m. — Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance
3:30-4:30 p.m. — Jenna Snow
5:30-7 p.m. — Rock It 88
6-7 p.m. — Trick or Treat at the Booths
6-11 p.m. — Foy’s Haunted Museum
8-9:30 p.m. — Forsaken
9:30 p.m. — Zombie Walk
SUNDAY, OCT. 22
WANT TO GO?
What: 6th annual Fairborn Halloween Festival
When: Friday to Sunday, Oct. 20-22
Where: Downtown Fairborn
Cost: Free admission